Looking back at '05 QB class (cont.)
Rivals.com's top five pro-style quarterbacks of 2005
No. 1: Mark Sanchez (USC). After biding his time for three years behind Matt Leinart and John David Booty, Sanchez started every game for the Trojans last season, throwing for 3,207 yards, 34 touchdowns and 10 interception. He earned Rose Bowl MVP honors with his 413-yard performance against Penn State. He's a likely first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
No. 2: Jonathan Crompton (Tennessee). Also a three-year understudy, to Erik Ainge, Crompton completed just 51.5 percent of his passes for 889 yards last year and was eventually replaced by sophomore Nick Stephens. It didn't help Crompton that renowned QB guru David Cutcliffe left for Duke prior to last season. It remains to be seen where he'll fit in under new coach Lane Kiffin.
No. 3: Harrison Beck (Nebraska/N.C. State). Beck was Bill Callahan's first signature recruit in Lincoln. He burned his redshirt year late in '05, but after slipping to third string in the following preseason camp, he transferred to N.C. State. Beck started four games in '07, throwing nine interceptions before suffering a shoulder injury. He now backs up All-ACC QB Russell Wilson.
No. 4: Derek Shaw (Arizona State/Texas Tech). Shaw, a Californian, originally committed to Miami before signing with Arizona State, where he lasted one season. He transferred to Texas Tech, where he stayed a semester before enrolling at Fresno City College. He was initially named the starter there but was suspended before the opener and eventually dismissed.
No. 5: Willie Tuitama (Arizona). Tuitama was one of the rare QBs in the class who lived up to his potential. After bursting onto the scene in an upset of then-undefeated UCLA his freshman year, the California native started the next three seasons. After enduring some ups and downs under a new offensive coordinator, he finished by leading the Wildcats to their first bowl game in 10 years.
Other noteworthy performers
No. 15: Colt McCoy (Texas). The soon-to-be four-year starter posted an NCAA-record 76.7 completion percentage last season and has already set school records for career victories (32), total offense (10,955 yards) and touchdown passes (85).
N/R: John Parker Wilson (Alabama). Wilson, who ranked just outside Rivals' top 28 list, was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide. Though not known for gaudy passing numbers (he threw 10 TD passes last season), he finished his career at the top of nearly every school passing category.
N/R: Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan). Considered a "two-star" prospect out of high school, in '07 he became the second player in Division I-A history to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in the same season and was named the MAC's offensive Player of the Year.
Other starters: No. 8 Arkelon Hall (Memphis; transferred from Washington State), No. 11 Bill Stull (Pittsburgh), No. 16 Tavita Pritchard (Stanford), No. 17 Chris Turner (Maryland), No. 21 Donovan Porterie (New Mexico), No. 23 Karsten Sween (Wyoming), No. 27 Tim Hiller (Western Michigan).
Potential 2009 starters (fifth year): No. 7 Joe Cox (Georgia), No. 14 Dustin Sherer* (Wisconsin), No. 18 Joey Elliott (Purdue), No. 20 Chris Todd* (Auburn).
* -- started games in 2008.
The rest: No. 6 Rob Schoenhoft (transferred from Ohio State to Delaware), No. 9 Dom Natale (backup at Rutgers; transferred from Michigan State), No. 10 Sean Canfield (started nine games for Oregon State in '07), No. 12 Evan Sharpley (started two games for Notre Dame in '07), No. 13 Jimmy Barnes (transferred from Alabama to Weber State), No. 19 Jonathan Garner (transferred from Georgia Tech to Marshall; gave up football), No. 22 Gene Delle Donne (transferred from Duke to Middle Tennessee; backup tight end), No. 24 Kyle Seevers (signed with Boise State but did not enroll due to injury), No. 25 Marcel Jones (transferred from Minnesota to Northern Iowa to South Dakota State), No. 26 Jacob Crook (signed with New Hampshire but did not enroll), No. 28 John Hundley (transferred from Louisiana-Lafayette to Northwestern State).